A veteran of the war in Donbas Vasyl Omelchenko won two medals at the Invictus Games in Sydney, Australia, on October 26.
The Kharkivite got silver in Men’s IJ5 Long Jump with a final result of 5.43 meters. On the same day, he won the gold medal in Men’s 400 meters in the IT7 category with the result of 54.1 seconds. Consequently, the athlete not only got into the final but leads the athletes’ ranking of the competition.
Vasyl Omelchenko served in Donbas in 2014 as a tank driver. In summer 2014, he came under mortar fire near Krasnohorivka, Donetsk region, and got a heavy contusion. After a long recovery, ex-serviceman continues studying in one of the Kharkiv universities. At the Invictus Games, Vasyl took part in track and field completion, including men’s races, discus throwing, shot put and long jump.
Reference: The Invictus Games is an international adaptive multi-sport event, created by Prince Henry of Wales, known as Harry, for wounded, injured or sick armed services personnel and veterans. The first competition took place in London, UK, in March 2014. For the second time, Ukraine took part in the Invictus Games 2018 as a NATO ally in peacekeeping operations and due to the war in the east of Ukraine. The competitions took place in Sydney, Australia on October 20-27. This year, 15 Ukrainian athletes participated in the competition and won 20 medals: seven gold, 10 silver and three bronze. Last year, our team won 14 medals in Toronto, Canada.
Text: Natalia Ivanova